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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Knight Moves

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:40 PM

As noted in the previous post, the phrase “the ability to jump
in and out of spaces” was quoted in an update this morning to
a July 2 post, “The Maxwell Enticement.” Related jumping —

See also other Log24 posts now tagged Knight Move.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Knight Moves

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:42 PM

Ursula K. Le Guin, in Amazing Stories , Sept. 1992, published
"The Rock That Changed Things" (pp. 9-13) and her story from
thirty years earlier, "April in Paris" (Fantastic Stories , Sept. 1962.)
The latter (pp. 14-19) was followed by some brief remarks (p. 19)
comparing the two stories.

For "The Rock," see Le Guin + Rock in this journal.

"April in Paris" is about time travel by means of an alchemist's
pentagram. The following figure from 1962 is in lieu of a pentagram —

'Loop De Loop,' Johnny Thunder, Diamond Records, 1962

See as well a search for 1962 in this journal.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Rough Night at the Museum

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:56 PM

See the previous three posts and the Nobel flashback titled Cuber.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Midnight in the Garden

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

(Continues, for Warren Beatty)

Howard Hughes in Spruce Goose

“A Passion that Kills,” by Markus Pierson (wood sculpture, 1988)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knight Moves

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Some illustrations:

Springer logo - A chess knight

Chess Knight
(in German, Springer)

See also…

Katherine Neville's 'The Eight,' edition with knight on cover, on her April 4 birthday

More technically (click image for details):

Friday, November 25, 2011

Knight’s Move* for Wicker

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 PM

Hamlet Fire

The "knight's move" of the title is the supplying of the above link.
For details, click on the link (a search on the link's two words).

* For the meaning of "knight's move," see To Make a Short Story Long.

For the meaning of the phrase  (as opposed to the search ),
    see the birthplace of Tom Wicker, who died today.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Maxwell* Enticement

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:20 PM

[Update of Sunday morning, July 12, 2020 —

This July 2 post was suggested in part by the July 1 post Magic Child
and in part by the Sept. 15, 1984, date in the image below. For more
details about that date, possibly the death date of author Richard
Brautigan, see “The Life and Death of Richard Brautigan,” by
Lawrence Wright, in Rolling Stone  on April 11, 1985.

From that article:

Marcia called him the next night [Sept. 15, 1984]
in Bolinas. He asked if she liked his mind. “I said,
‘Yes, Richard, I like your mind. You have the ability
to jump in and out of spaces. It’s not linear thinking;
it’s exciting, catalytic, random thinking.’ “

Such thinking, though interesting, is not recommended for the
general public.  Sept. 15, 1984, was perhaps Brautigan’s last day alive.]

* See Maxwell in posts tagged Gods and Giants.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Under the April Snow…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:26 PM

Nonsense for Streisand:

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Snow White’s Time in Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:32 PM

Kristen Stewart — 'Freezin' my ass off'

See as well Pi Day 2020.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Caballo Blanco

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:02 AM

The key  is the cocktail that begins the proceedings.”

– Brian Harley, Mate in Two Moves

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180809-The_EIght-and-coordinates-for-PSL(2,7)-actions-500w.jpg

“Just as these lines that merge to form a key
Are as chess squares . . . .” — Katherine Neville, The Eight

“The complete projective group of collineations and dualities of the
[projective] 3-space is shown to be of order [in modern notation] 8! ….
To every transformation of the 3-space there corresponds
a transformation of the [projective] 5-space. In the 5-space, there are
determined 8 sets of 7 points each, ‘heptads’ ….”

— George M. Conwell, “The 3-space PG (3, 2) and Its Group,”
The Annals of Mathematics , Second Series, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Jan., 1910),
pp. 60-76.

“It must be remarked that these 8 heptads are the key  to an elegant proof….”

— Philippe Cara, “RWPRI Geometries for the Alternating Group A8,” in
Finite Geometries: Proceedings of the Fourth Isle of Thorns Conference
(July 16-21, 2000), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, ed. Aart Blokhuis,
James W. P. Hirschfeld, Dieter Jungnickel, and Joseph A. Thas, pp. 61-97.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

For The October Country

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:01 AM

The above document was linked to here on Dec. 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ojos

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:11 PM

From the Hulu series 'The Path,' the Eye logo

A better term than “phase space” might be “story space.”

The Quantum Space Story

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Finkelstein reportedly died on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

“A Serious Man  kicks off with a Yiddish-language frame story that takes place in a 19th-century Eastern European shtetl, where a married couple has an enigmatic encounter with an old acquaintance who may be a dybbuk , or malevolent spirit (and who’s played by the Yiddish theater actor Fyvush Finkel). The import of this parable is cryptic to the point of inscrutability, making it a perfect introduction to the rest of the movie.”

— Dana Stevens at Slate.com on Oct. 1, 2009

See also Finkelstein in this  journal.

See as well posts now tagged Oct. 4, 2018,
in the context of today’s previous post.

Story Structure, Story Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Constance Grady at Vox  today on a new Netflix series —

We don’t yet have a story structure that allows witches to be powerful for long stretches of time without men holding them back. And what makes the new Sabrina  so exciting is that it seems to be trying to build that story structure itself, in real time, to find a way to let Sabrina have her power and her freedom.

It might fail. But if it does, it will be a glorious and worthwhile failure — the type that comes with trying to pioneer a new kind of story.

See also Story Space  in this  journal.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Another 48 Hours

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:29 PM

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180901-Elliott-Gould-in-Oceans-8.jpg

Backstory:  See The Plaid Overnight Case in this journal.

Investigators: First 48 Hours Most Critical
In Locating Missing Children Who Entered
Portal To Fantastical World

See as well a post from 10:16 PM ET Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Perception of Number

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:31 PM

Review of yesterday's post Perception of Space

From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  (1997),
republished as "… and the Sorcerer's Stone ," Kindle edition:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter_Phil_Stone-wand-movements-quote.jpg

In a print edition from Bloomsbury (2004), and perhaps in the
earliest editions, the above word "movements" is the first word
on page 168:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter-Phil_Stone-Bloomsbury-2004-p168.jpg

Click the above ellipse for some Log24 posts on the eightfold cube,
the source of the 168 automorphisms ("movements") of the Fano plane.

"Refined interpretation requires that you know that
someone once said the offspring of reality and illusion
is only a staggering confusion."

— Poem, "The Game of Roles," by Mary Jo Bang

Related material on reality and illusion
an ad on the back cover of the current New Yorker

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180831-NYer-back-cover-ad-Lifespan_of_a_Fact.jpg

"Hey, the stars might lie, but the numbers never do." — Song lyric

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Twenty Years

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:16 PM

This post was suggested by the final inside page, 23,
of next Sunday's New York Times Book Review ,
"Memorabilia/ Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter."

http://www.log24.com/log/pix18/180830-Harry_Potter-20th-NYT-500w.jpg

From VOA Learning English, June 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Books
Turn 20 Years Old

. . . .

" J.K. Rowling’s first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on June 26, 1997.

The publisher, Bloomsbury, only released 500 copies to stores in Britain and sent 500 to British libraries.

Now, thanks to 450 million more copies of the first book and six others, Harry Potter and his friends are known around the world.

Adults and children loved the books. But 12 publishers rejected the first one, known in many countries as 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.' "

. . . .

See as well this  journal on June 26, 2017 in
posts now tagged Ron Shaw In Memoriam.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Once Upon a . . .

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:13 AM

Click the text below for a slideshow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Long Hello

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:17 PM

Transportes Ometochtli   >>

Es la línea de transporte más antigua que va de Cuernavaca a Tepoztlán . . . .

Image from the 1973 Elliott Gould film "The Long Goodbye" —

Some backstory . . . .

  1. https://hidden-films.com/2014/11/09/the-little-movie-that-couldnt-
    an-oral-history-of-elliott-goulds-never-completed-a-glimpse-of-tiger/

     
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Glimpse_of_Tiger
     
  3. http://m759.net/wordpress/?p=71956 —

Monday, January 8, 2018

Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 AM 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Time

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tamagawa

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 PM

Wikipedia — "Tamagawa's doctoral students included 
Doris Schattschneider and Audrey Terras."

See also Schattschneider and Terras in this  journal.

Subway Art for Plato’s Ghost

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Suggested by the previous post

See also the post Plato's Ghost of March 3, 2010.

Subway Art Continues

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Subway art related to an event of January 3, 2018

Monday, November 7, 2016

Subway Art for Times Square Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:11 PM 

Click images for related material.

 

Types of Ambiguity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:56 AM

From "The Principle of Sufficient Reason," by George David Birkhoff
in "Three Public Lectures on Scientific Subjects,"
delivered at the Rice Institute, March 6, 7, and 8, 1940 —

From the same lecture —

Up to the present point my aim has been to consider a variety of applications of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, without attempting any precise formulation of the Principle itself. With these applications in mind I will venture to formulate the Principle and a related Heuristic Conjecture in quasi-mathematical form as follows:

PRINCIPLE OF SUFFICIENT REASON. If there appears in any theory T a set of ambiguously  determined ( i e . symmetrically entering) variables, then these variables can themselves be determined only to the extent allowed by the corresponding group G. Consequently any problem concerning these variables which has a uniquely determined solution, must itself be formulated so as to be unchanged by the operations of the group G ( i e . must involve the variables symmetrically).

HEURISTIC CONJECTURE. The final form of any scientific theory T is: (1) based on a few simple postulates; and (2) contains an extensive ambiguity, associated symmetry, and underlying group G, in such wise that, if the language and laws of the theory of groups be taken for granted, the whole theory T appears as nearly self-evident in virtue of the above Principle.

The Principle of Sufficient Reason and the Heuristic Conjecture, as just formulated, have the advantage of not involving excessively subjective ideas, while at the same time retaining the essential kernel of the matter.

In my opinion it is essentially this principle and this conjecture which are destined always to operate as the basic criteria for the scientist in extending our knowledge and understanding of the world.

It is also my belief that, in so far as there is anything definite in the realm of Metaphysics, it will consist in further applications of the same general type. This general conclusion may be given the following suggestive symbolic form:

Image-- Birkhoff diagram relating Galois's theory of ambiguity to metaphysics

While the skillful metaphysical use of the Principle must always be regarded as of dubious logical status, nevertheless I believe it will remain the most important weapon of the philosopher.

Related remarks by a founding member of the Metaphysical Club:

See also the previous post, "Seven Types of Interality."

Seven Types of Interality*

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:00 AM

* See the term interality  in this journal.
For many synonyms, see 
"The Human Seriousness of Interality,"
by Peter Zhang, Grand Valley State University,
China Media Research  11(2), 2015, 93-103.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Perspectives from a Chinese Jar

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:40 PM

" . . . Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness."

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

"The Grand Valley spirit never dies."

— Adapted from the Tao Te Ching

For T. S. Eliot

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”

 — Paul Simon

For a Cartoon Graveyard

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 4:56 AM

“… the horizon is not the limit of meaning,
but that which extends meaning
from what is directly given
to the whole context in which it is given,
including a sense of a world.”

— David Vessey,
Gadamer and the Fusion of Horizons

(Quoted here on Saturday, June 4, 2005.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Getting to Wow

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See also other posts tagged "Rough Night."

The Formula

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:13 AM

With apologies to the late director of "Rocky" and "The Formula" —

Below John Gielgud as "Abraham Esau" in "The Formula" (1980).
For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

John Gielgud as 'Abraham Esau' in 'The Formula' (1980). For the real Abraham Esau, see Wikipedia.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Biersdorfer Synchronology

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:18 PM

See also this  journal on the above date — July 13, 2016.

Ein Eck*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 PM

The New York Times Wire today —

* For the title, see "Ein Eck" in this journal.

All-Spark Notes*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:30 PM

* See All Spark in this journal.

Chalkroom Jungle

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — m759 @ 3:33 AM

At MASS MoCA, the installation "Chalkroom" quotes a lyric —

Oh beauty in all its forms
funny how hatred can also be a beautiful thing
When it's as sharp as a knife
as hard as a diamond

Perfect

— From "One Beautiful Evening," by Laurie Anderson.

See also the previous post and "Smallest Perfect" in this journal.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Building Six

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:47 PM

Berkshire tales of May 25, 2017 —

See also, in this  journal from May 25 and earlier, posts now tagged
"The Story of Six."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hollywood Song

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:20 AM

“She was looking so right
It was giving him chills
In those big city nights
In those high rolling hills
Above all the lights
With a passion that kills”

— Bob Seger, 1978

“Pursue your passion.”

— Motto of Los Angeles Film School

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mnemonic

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:24 PM
 

"…  Seven is Heaven,  Eight is a Gate  …"

 

From the Labyrinth of Solitude

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:18 PM

Click to enlarge.

But Seriously …

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:26 PM

British film director Robin Hardy reportedly
died yesterday.  In his memory —

Hardy's film "The Wicker Tree" reportedly opened in the USA on
January 27, 2012. See also narratives in this journal on that date.

Not Even

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:29 AM

"At CERN the LHC has reached design luminosity,
and is breaking records with a fast pace of new
collisions. This may have something to do with the
report that the LHC is also about to tear open
a portal to another dimension
."

— Peter Woit, Thursday, June 30, 2016,
    at 1:01 PM ET 

See as well The Onion  yesterday (Friday, July 1) —

Investigators: First 48 Hours Most Critical
In Locating Missing Children Who Entered
Portal To Fantastical World

Frozen Narrative

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

A book by Northrop Frye pictured in the previous post
suggests a Log24 search for "The Great Code."

That search yields

See as well Ice 9 and Plan 9.

"Icy white and crystalline"
— Johnny Mercer

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Model Kit

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:14 PM

The title refers to the previous post, which quotes a 
remark by a poetry critic in the current New Yorker .

Scholia —

From the post Structure and Sense of June 6, 2016 —

Structure

Sense

A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

From the post Design Cube of July 23, 2015 —

Broken Symmetries  in  Diamond Space 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Structure and Sense

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:01 PM

"… the war of 70-some years ago
has already become something like the Trojan War
had been for the Homeric bards:
a major event in the mythic past
that gives structure and sense to our present reality."

— Justin E. H. Smith, a professor of philosophy at
     the University of Paris 7–Denis Diderot,
     in the New York Times  column "The Stone"
     (print edition published Sunday, June 5, 2016)

In memory of a British playwright who reportedly
died at 90 this morning —

Structure

Sense

A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday School: Seven Seals

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 AM

A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

Click image for some background.

See also Standard Disclaimer.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday School

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

The previous post suggests a review of
the phrase "strange loop" in this journal.

The Knight's Move, by Loder and Neidhardt

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Realism

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:30 PM

From the Los Angeles Times  yesterday

"Chess player Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson sits
in deep concentration at the U.S. chess championship
in Seattle in 2002. (Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times / 
January 5, 2002)"

Linda Shaw, Seattle Times :

"Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson, who was once the world's
second-ranked women's chess player and eloped in 1988
with the captain of the U.S. chess team when they were both
playing at a tournament in Greece, has died. She was 55.

Donaldson, who earned the title of international women's
grandmaster, died Nov. 18 in her adopted hometown of Seattle…."

more »

From the Log24 post "Sermon" on the date of Donaldson's death,
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012—

"You must allow us to play every conceivable combination of chess."
— Marie-Louise von Franz in Number and Time

An October 2011 post titled  Realism in Plato's Cave displays
the following image:

Cover illustration: Durer's 'Knight, Death, and the Devil'

Cover illustration: Knight, Death, and the Devil,
by Albrecht Dürer

George Steiner and myself  in Closing the Circle, a Log24 post
of Sept. 4, 2009: 

“Allegoric associations of death with chess are perennial….”

"Yes, they are."

For related remarks on knight moves and the devil, see
today's previous two posts, Knight's Labyrinth and The Rite.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mate in Six

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:29 PM

In memory of Mike Wallace

  1. An April 8 post noting the death of Wallace—
    a NY Times  obituary notice with ad at top— "The North Face"
     
  2. An April 21 post noting the death of Charles Colson,
    reportedly at at 3:12 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2012,
    with ad at top— "Discover New Horizons" 
     
  3. An April 21 post linking to a 3/12 post (this date being
    suggested by the reported time of Colson's death)
    that has a review of the film "The Ninth Configuration"
     
  4. An April 22 post with six lines that some might
    interpret as meeting on a horizon, two lines that might
    be interpreted as meeting at a "depth horizon," and
    a ninth line that emerges from the other eight
     
  5. An April 23 post that combines a passage from
    "The Ninth Configuration" with a detail from
    the North Face ad that appeared above Wallace's
    NY TImes  obituary on April 8 and again above
    Colson's obituary on April 23
     
  6. "The game's…"

See also Knight Moves.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dog Tale

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:20 PM

"I love gazing into things. Can you imagine with me how glorious it is, for example, to see into a dog, in passing— into him… to ease oneself into the dog exactly at his center, the place out of which he exists as a dog, that place in him where God would, so to speak, have sat down for a moment when the dog was complete, in order to watch him at his first predicaments and notions and let him know with a nod that he was good, that he lacked nothing, that no better dog could be made. For a while one can endure being in the middle of the dog, but one has to be sure to jump out in time, before the world closes in around him completely, otherwise one would remain the dog within the dog and be lost to everything else."

— Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in The New York Times  in 1988

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11C/111201-DogTale.jpg

Omitting unneeded narrative details,
a madman's knight move

A novel search in memory of the late
uncrowned crown prince of Albania—

Nabokov, Pale Fire

Related narratives—

Prose Tale and The Meadow.

Oh, and happy birthday to Woody Allen (76 today)—

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Erlanger and Galois

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 PM

Peter J. Cameron yesterday on Galois—

"He was killed in a duel at the age of 20…. His work languished for another 14 years until Liouville published it in his Journal; soon it was recognised as the foundation stone of modern algebra, a position it has never lost."

Here Cameron is discussing Galois theory, a part of algebra. Galois is known also as the founder* of group theory, a more general subject.

Group theory is an essential part of modern geometry as well as of modern algebra—

"In der Galois'schen Theorie, wie hier, concentrirt sich das Interesse auf Gruppen von Änderungen. Die Objecte, auf welche sich die Änderungen beziehen, sind allerdings verschieden; man hat es dort mit einer endlichen Zahl discreter Elemente, hier mit der unendlichen Zahl von Elementen einer stetigen Mannigfaltigkeit zu thun."

— Felix Christian Klein, Erlanger Programm , 1872

("In the Galois theory, as in ours, the interest centres on groups of transformations. The objects to which the transformations are applied are indeed different; there we have to do with a finite number of discrete elements, here with the infinite number of elements in a continuous manifoldness." (Translated by M.W. Haskell, published in Bull. New York Math. Soc. 2, (1892-1893), 215-249))

Related material from Hermann Weyl, Symmetry , Princeton University Press, 1952 (paperback reprint of 1982, pp. 143-144)—

"A field is perhaps the simplest algebraic structure we can invent. Its elements are numbers…. Space is another example of an entity endowed with a structure. Here the elements are points…. What we learn from our whole discussion and what has indeed become a guiding principle in modern mathematics is this lesson: Whenever you have to do with a structure-endowed entity  Σ try to determine is group of automorphisms , the group of those element-wise transformations which leave all structural relations undisturbed. You can expect to gain a deep insight into the constitution of Σ in this way."

For a simple example of a group acting on a field (of 8 elements) that is also a space (of 8 points), see Generating the Octad Generator and Knight Moves.

* Joseph J. Rotman, An Introduction to the Theory of Groups , 4th ed., Springer, 1994, page 2

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday October 8, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 AM

Knight Moves

Deborah Solomon, New York Times Magazine, Sunday, June 27, 1999:

“While modern art began as an assault on the academy, post-modern art might be described as a return to the academy. Instead of the old academy of rules, now we have the Academy of Cool, schools that treat avant-garde rebellion as a learned occupation.”

Christopher Knight, LA Times art critic, on Solomon:

“Back in the day, Solomon interviewed Knight for a Times Magazine story on Los Angeles art schools. ‘Having been a journalist (at that time) for almost two decades, I also did my homework,’ Knight writes [in a letter to the New York Press]. ‘I prepared a couple of quotable quotes on the subject, which might encapsulate larger ideas.’ One of Knight’s pearls of wisdom, ‘Modern art began as an assault on the academy, but post-modern art might be described as a return to the academy,’ excited Solomon so much that, according to Knight, she printed it as her own observation in her final piece, which bore no mention of the Knight interview. In the final story, a seriously bitter Knight writes, ‘It was not a quote; my words had become her words.'” —Gawker, Oct. 11, 2007

A reference to Solomon’s piece appeared in this journal in 2003.

See also yesterday’s entry, today’s 9 AM entry, and (for the Academy) an example of knight’s move thinking.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday April 3, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:24 AM
Knight Moves

“Lord, I remember”
Bob Seger 


“Philosophers ponder the idea of identity: what it is to give something a name on Monday and have it respond to that name on Friday….”

Bernard Holland in The New York Times of Monday, May 20, 1996

Yesterday’s afternoon entry cited philosopher John Holbo on chess. This, together with Holland’s remark above and Monday’s entries on Zizek, suggests…

Holbo on Zizek
(pdf, 11 pages)

In this excellent analysis,
Holbo quotes Kierkegaard:

“… the knight of faith
‘has the pain of being unable to
make himself intelligible to others'”

(Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling)

For some material that may serve to illustrate Kierkegaard’s remark, see Log24 on Twelfth Night and Epiphany this year.

“… There was a problem laid out on the board, a six-mover. I couldn’t solve it, like a lot of my problems. I reached down and moved a knight…. I looked down at the chessboard. The move with the knight was wrong. I put it back where I had moved it from. Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn’t a game for knights.”


— Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

Perhaps a game for bishops?

Henry Edward Cardinal Manning

Cardinal Manning

Click on the cardinal
for a link to some remarks
related to the upcoming film
 “Angels & Demons” and to
a Paris “Sein Feld.”


Context: the five entries
ending at 9:26 AM
on March 10, 2009…
and, for Kierkegaard,
Diamonds Are Forever.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday July 21, 2008

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Knight Moves:

The Relativity Theory
of Kindergarten Blocks

(Continued from
January 16, 2008)

"Hmm, next paper… maybe
'An Unusually Complicated
Theory of Something.'"

Garrett Lisi at
Physics Forums, July 16

Something:

From Friedrich Froebel,
who invented kindergarten:

Froebel's Third Gift: A cube made up of eight subcubes

Click on image for details.

An Unusually
Complicated Theory:

From Christmas 2005:

The Eightfold Cube: The Beauty of Klein's Simple Group

Click on image for details.

For the eightfold cube
as it relates to Klein's
simple group, see
"A Reflection Group
of Order 168
."

For an even more
complicated theory of
Klein's simple group, see

Cover of 'The Eightfold Way: The Beauty of Klein's Quartic Curve'

Click on image for details.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday June 1, 2008

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Yet Another
Cartoon Graveyard

The conclusion of yesterday’s commentary on the May 30-31 Pennsylvania Lottery numbers:

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow:

“The fear balloons again inside his brain. It will not be kept down with a simple Fuck You…. A smell, a forbidden room, at the bottom edge of his memory. He can’t see it, can’t make it out. Doesn’t want to. It is allied with the Worst Thing.

He knows what the smell has to be: though according to these papers it would have been too early for it, though he has never come across any of the stuff among the daytime coordinates of his life, still, down here, back here in the warm dark, among early shapes where the clocks and calendars don’t mean too much, he knows that’s what haunting him now will prove to be the smell of Imipolex G.

Then there’s this recent dream he is afraid of having again. He was in his old room, back home. A summer afternoon of lilacs and bees and

286”

What are we to make of this enigmatic 286? (No fair peeking at page 287.)

One possible meaning, given The Archivists claim that “existence is infinitely cross-referenced”–

Page 286 of Ernest G. Schachtel, Metamorphosis: On the Conflict of Human Development and the Psychology of Creativity (first published in 1959), Hillsdale NJ and London, The Analytic Press, 2001 (chapter– “On Memory and Childhood Amnesia”):

“Both Freud and Proust speak of the autobiographical [my italics] memory, and it is only with regard to this memory that the striking phenomenon of childhood amnesia and the less obvious difficulty of recovering any past experience may be observed.”

The concluding “summer afternoon of lilacs and bees” suggests that 286 may also be a chance allusion to the golden afternoon of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. (Cf. St. Sarah’s Day, 2008)

Some may find the Disney afternoon charming; others may see it as yet another of Paul Simon’s dreaded cartoon graveyards.

More tastefully, there is poem 286 in the 1919 Oxford Book of English Verse– “Love.”

For a midrash on this poem, see Simone Weil, who became acquainted with the poem by chance:

“I always prefer saying chance rather than Providence.”

— Simone Weil, letter of about May 15, 1942

Weil’s brother André might prefer Providence (source of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society.)

Andre Weil and his sister Simone, summer of 1922(Photo from Providence)

 

Related material:


Log24, December 20, 2003–
White, Geometric, and Eternal

A description in Gravity’s Rainbow of prewar Berlin as “white and geometric”  suggested, in combination with a reference elsewhere to “the eternal,” a citation of the following illustration of the concept “white, geometric, and eternal”–

For more on the mathematical significance of this figure, see (for instance) Happy Birthday, Hassler Whitney, and Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups, by Anders Björner and Francesco Brenti, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, vol. 231, Springer, New York, 2005.

This book is reviewed in the current issue (July 2008) of the above-mentioned Providence Bulletin.

The review in the Bulletin discusses reflection groups in continuous spaces.

For a more elementary approach, see Reflection Groups in Finite Geometry and Knight Moves: The Relativity Theory of Kindergarten Blocks.

See also a commentary on
the phrase “as a little child.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday April 30, 2008

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Calendar Catechism

Q: If the opposite of Christmas (December 25) is Anti-Christmas (June 25), and the opposite of Halloween (October 31) is May Day (May 1), then what is the opposite of April 30?

A: October 30… Devil’s Night!

Related material:

Walpurgis Night,
 
the previous entry,
 
and
 
H is for Hogwarts

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday February 25, 2008

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A System of Symbols

A book from
Yale University Press
discussed in Log24
four years ago today:

Inside Modernism: Relativity Theory, Cubism, Narrative

Click on image for details.

The book is titled
Inside Modernism:
Relativity Theory,
 Cubism, Narrative
.

For a narrative about relativity
and cubes, see Knight Moves.

Related material:

Geek chic in
this week's New Yorker

"… it takes a system of symbols  
to make numbers precise–
      to 'crystallize' them…."

— and a mnemonic for three
 days in October 2006
following a memorial to
 the Amish schoolchildren
slain that month:

Seven is Heaven,
Eight is a Gate,
Nine is a Vine.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday February 23, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM
Jumpers

"An acute study of the links
between word and fact"
Nina daVinci Nichols

 
Thanks to a Virginia reader for a reminder:
 
Virginia /391062427/item.html? 2/22/2008 7:37 PM
 
The link is to a Log24 entry
that begins as follows…

An Exercise

of Power

Johnny Cash:
"And behold,
a white horse."

Springer logo - A chess knight
Chess Knight
(in German, Springer)

This, along with the "jumper" theme in the previous two entries, suggests a search on springer jumper.That search yields a German sports phrase, "Springer kommt!"  A search on that phrase yields the following:
"Liebe Frau vBayern,
mich würde interessieren wie man
mit diesem Hintergrund
(vonbayern.de/german/anna.html)
zu Springer kommt?"

Background of "Frau vBayern" from thePeerage.com:

Anna-Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg 

F, #64640, b. 15 March 1978Last Edited=20 Oct 2005

     Anna-Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born on 15 March 1978. She is the daughter of Ludwig Ferdinand Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Countess Yvonne Wachtmeister af Johannishus. She married Manuel Maria Alexander Leopold Jerg Prinz von Bayern, son of Leopold Prinz von Bayern and Ursula Mohlenkamp, on 6 August 2005 at Nykøping, Södermanland, Sweden.

 

The date of the above "Liebe Frau vBayern" inquiry, Feb. 1, 2007, suggests the following:

From Log24 on
St. Bridget's Day, 2007:

The quotation
"Science is a Faustian bargain"
and the following figure–

Change

The 63 yang-containing hexagrams of the I Ching as a Singer 63-cycle

From a short story by
the above Princess:

"'I don't even think she would have wanted to change you. But she for sure did not want to change herself. And her values were simply a part of her.' It was true, too. I would even go so far as to say that they were her basis, if you think about her as a geometrical body. That's what they couldn't understand, because in this age of the full understanding for stretches of values in favor of self-realization of any kind, it was a completely foreign concept."

To make this excellent metaphor mathematically correct,
change "geometrical body" to "space"… as in

"For Princeton's Class of 2007"

Review of a 2004 production of a 1972 Tom Stoppard play, "Jumpers"–

John Lahr on Tom Stoppard's play Jumpers

Related material:

Knight Moves (Log24, Jan. 16),
Kindergarten Theology (St. Bridget's Day, 2008),
and

The image “My space -(the affine space of six dimensions over the two-element field
(Click on image for details.)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Friday February 1, 2008

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Kindergarten Theology

On the late James Edwin Loder,
a Presbyterian minister and
a professor of Christian education
at Princeton Theological Seminary,
co-author of The Knight’s Move (1992):

“At his memorial service his daughter Tami told the story of ‘little Jimmy,’ whose kindergarten teacher recognized a special quality of mind that set him apart. ‘Every day we read a story, and after the story is over, Jimmy gets up and wants to tell us what the story means.'” — Dana R. Wright

For a related story about
knight moves and kindergarten,
see Knight Moves: The Relativity
Theory of Kindergarten Blocks
,
and Log24, Jan. 16, 17, and 18.

See also Loder’s book
(poorly written, but of some
interest in light of the above):

The Knight's Move, by Loder and Neidhardt

Opening of The Knight’s Move —

“In a game of chess, the knight’s move is unique because it alone goes around corners. In this way, it combines the continuity of a set sequence with the discontinuity of an unpredictable turn in the middle. This meaningful combination of continuity and discontinuity in an otherwise linear set of possibilities has led some to refer to the creative act of discovery in any field of research as a ‘knight’s move’ in intelligence.

The significance of the title of this volume might stop there but for Kierkegaard’s use of the ‘knight’ image. The force of Kierkegaards’s usage might be described in relation to the chess metaphor by saying that not merely does Kierkegaard’s ‘knight of faith’ undertake a unique move within the rules of the human game, but faith transposes the whole idea of a ‘knight’s move’ into the mind of the Chess Master Himself. That is to say, chess is a game of multiple possibilities and interlocking strategies, so a chess master must combine the  continuity represented by the whole complex of the game with the unpredictable decision he must make every time it is his turn. A master chess player, then, does not merely follow the rules; in him the game becomes a construct of consciousness. The better the player the more fully the game comes into its own as a creation of human intelligence. Similarly, for Kierkegaard, the knight of faith is a unique figure in human experience. The knight shows how, by existing in faith as a creative act of Christ’s Spirit, human existence comes into its own as an expression of the mind of Christ. Thus, the ultimate form of a ‘knight’s move’ is a creative act raised to the nth power by Spiritus Creator, but it still partakes fully in the concrete pieces and patterns that comprise the nature of the human game and the game of nature.”

— James E. Loder and W. Jim Neidhardt (Helmers & Howard Publishing, 1992)

For a discussion, see Triplett’s
Thinking Critically as a Christian.”

Many would deny that such
a thing is possible; let them
read the works of T. S. Eliot.

Related material:

The Knight’s Move
discusses (badly) Hofstadter’s
“strange loop” concept; see
Not Mathematics but Theology
(Log24, July 12, 2007).

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday January 17, 2008

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Well, she was
   just seventeen…
 
(continued)

"Mazur introduced the topic of prime numbers with a story from Don Quixote in which Quixote asked a poet to write a poem with 17 lines. Because 17 is prime, the poet couldn't find a length for the poem's stanzas and was thus stymied."

— Undated American Mathematical Society news item about a Nov. 1, 2007, event

Related material:

Desconvencida,
Jueves, Enero 17, 2008

Horses of a Dream
(Log24, Sept. 12, 2003)

Knight Moves
(Log24 yesterday–
anniversary of the
Jan. 16 publication
of Don Quixote)

Windmill and Diamond
(St. Cecilia's Day 2006)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday January 16, 2008

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Knight Moves:
Geometry of the
Eightfold Cube

Actions of PSL(2, 7) on the eightfold cube

Click on the image for a larger version
and an expansion of some remarks
quoted here on Christmas 2005.

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Sunday February 5, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 AM

Review:

Recommended Reading
for Hogwarts Students on Devil’s Night

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sunday November 20, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 4:04 PM

An Exercise
of Power

Johnny Cash:
“And behold,
a white horse.”

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Adapted from
illustration below:

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“There is a pleasantly discursive treatment of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question ‘What is truth?'”

H. S. M. Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Richard J. Trudeau’s remarks on the “Story Theory” of truth as opposed to  the “Diamond Theory” of truth in The Non-Euclidean Revolution

“A new epistemology is emerging to replace the Diamond Theory of truth. I will call it the ‘Story Theory’ of truth: There are no diamonds. People make up stories about what they experience. Stories that catch on are called ‘true.’ The Story Theory of truth is itself a story that is catching on. It is being told and retold, with increasing frequency, by thinkers of many stripes*….”

Richard J. Trudeau in
The Non-Euclidean Revolution

“‘Deniers’ of truth… insist that each of us is trapped in his own point of view; we make up stories about the world and, in an exercise of power, try to impose them on others.”

— Jim Holt in The New Yorker.

(Click on the box below.)

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Exercise of Power:

Show that a white horse–

A Singer 7-Cycle

a figure not unlike the
symbol of the mathematics
publisher Springer–
is traced, within a naturally
arranged rectangular array of
polynomials, by the powers of x
modulo a polynomial
irreducible over a Galois field.

This horse, or chess knight
“Springer,” in German–
plays a role in “Diamond Theory”
(a phrase used in finite geometry
in 1976, some years before its use
by Trudeau in the above book).

Related material

On this date:

 In 1490, The White Knight
 (Tirant lo Blanc The image “http://www.log24.com/images/asterisk8.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. )–
a major influence on Cervantes–
was published, and in 1910

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the Mexican Revolution began.

Illustration:
Zapata by Diego Rivera,
Museum of Modern Art,
New York

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“First published in the Catalan language in Valencia in 1490…. Reviewing the first modern Spanish translation in 1969 (Franco had ruthlessly suppressed the Catalan language and literature), Mario Vargas Llosa hailed the epic’s author as ‘the first of that lineage of God-supplanters– Fielding, Balzac, Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Joyce, Faulkner– who try to create in their novels an all-encompassing reality.'”

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday October 30, 2005

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Recommended Reading
for
Hogwarts Students
on Devil’s Night:


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Click on the above for details.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Tuesday October 12, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:30 PM

The Last Enemy
(See April 30)

  

"I was also impressed… by the intensity of Continental modes of literary-critical thought….

On the Continent, studies of Hölderlin and Rousseau, of Poe, Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Rilke, of Rabelais, Nietzsche, Kafka, and Joyce, challenged not only received ideas on the unity of the work of art but many aspects of western thought itself. Derrida, at the same time, who for nearly a decade found a home in Yale's Comparative Literature Department, expanded the concept of textuality to the point where nothing could be demarcated as 'hors d'œuvre' and escape the literary-critical eye. It was uncanny to feel hierarchic boundaries waver until the commentary entered the text—not literally, of course, but in the sense that the over-objectified work became a reflection on its own status, its stability as an object of cognition. The well-wrought urn contained mortal ashes."

— Geoffrey Hartman, A Life of Learning

In memory of
Jacques Derrida and James Chace,
both of whom died in Paris on
Friday, Oct. 8, 2004… continued…
(See previous three entries.)

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Orson Welles


Mate in 2
V. Nabokov, 1919

"The last enemy
that shall be destroyed is death."
— Saul of Tarsus, 1 Cor. 15:26

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Knight move,
courtesy of V. Nabokov:

Nfe5 mate

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Knight:

Sir John Falstaff
(See Chimes at Midnight.)

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